10/03/22 Missouri Mondays - 36 days til Nov 8 - Register by Oct 12 - In person absentee voting--
underway NOW/ Help those affected by hurricanes / Volunteers needed NOW to help candidates win!
Welcome to another Missouri Mondays. This week our hearts are with all those affected by recent hurricanes. To make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those in need, visit redcross.org, call 800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
We have just 36 days until the November 8 election. Make sure you’re ready to vote and please share the important voter dates and information provided below. Let’s also do our part to help elect candidates who will fight for our democracy and protect our freedoms. Use the candidate links below to get connected with a campaign. Thank you for taking action and helping to spread the word!
MISSOURI IN THE NEWS
Last week the Governor’s special session wrapped up with Missouri lawmakers passing additional tax cuts primarily benefitting the wealthy, despite Democrat’s calls to use the current $5 billion budget surplus to address areas of great need and warnings about the future impact on our budget.
House Minority Leader Crystal Quade said this, “Just days ago, the Missouri Independent reported how staff at the state agency charged with protecting children are so underpaid and overworked that more than half quit last year. The story also quoted one supervisor who has resorted to selling his plasma to pay the bills. Similar stories of struggling employees leaving underfunded state agencies in droves for better pay elsewhere are common throughout Missouri government. The state’s temporary revenue surplus masks years of budgetary neglect that’s resulted in a state government that’s barely functional in some respects and outright failing in others. This irresponsible legislation will have devastating long-term consequences for Missouri government.”
“As debate opened Thursday, Democrats had prepared several amendments. They wanted to give a tax credit to teachers, property tax relief to senior citizens and make a tax credit for lower-income families refundable, meaning they would get a check if the credit exceeded their tax liability.”
“Groups including the Missouri NAACP and the Missouri Budget Project, which analyzes how state economic policy impacts low-income residents, criticized the tax cuts as primarily benefitting the wealthy while spending money that could be used for health care, education and higher pay for state workers.” “It benefits the wealthy while leaving behind the working class and most vulnerable populations,” Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel said in a statement. “Our women and children, blue collar workers, government employees, Black citizens and other minorities are once again ignored in this quest to aid the wealthy.”
Read more here: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/09/29/legislature-sends-764-million-income-tax-cut-to-missouri-governor/ Missouri Independent Sept 29
https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/politics/missouri-senate-individual-income-tax-cuts-bill-heads-house/63-9a63cd1c-6bce-42e1-ad54-55c5d7defde2 KSDK Sept 21
“Death toll soars to 76 in Florida after Hurricane Ian demolished entire communities”
“Newly homeless Floridians are struggling to restart their lives while rescuers scramble to find any remaining signs of life among the wreckage of Hurricane Ian. In some cases, emergency workers are juggling both unimaginable tasks. “Some of the guys on Pine Island, they lost everything, but they’re doing what they can,” said emergency physician Dr. Ben Abo, who was preparing to join first responders on a rescue mission Sunday near decimated Sanibel Island and Pine Island. “It brings tears to my eye to see how hard they’re working.”
Read more here: https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/02/us/hurricane-ian-south-carolina-florida-repairs-sunday CNN Oct 2
“Hours ahead of shutdown deadline, U.S. House sends Biden stopgap spending bill”
“U.S. House members, mostly along party lines, cleared a spending package Friday that would bolster funding for natural disaster response, though with Hurricane Ian still battering the Southeast, lawmakers will likely need to approve another aid bill later this year. The measure would provide $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire that destroyed parts of New Mexico this spring, $2 billion in Community Development Block Grant disaster relief funding for states affected by natural disasters during 2021 and 2022 and $1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The package would keep the federal government up and running through Dec. 16, giving congressional leaders and the White House more time to work out how much to spend on discretionary programs and to draft bipartisan versions of the dozen annual government funding bills. The bill, approved 230-201, now heads to President Joe Biden for his signature. He needs to sign the measure before midnight, when the current government spending law expires ahead of the start of the new fiscal year Oct. 1.”
Full story here: https://missouriindependent.com/briefs/hours-ahead-of-shutdown-deadline-u-s-house-sends-biden-stopgap-spending-bill/ Missouri Independent Sept 30
GET READY TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 8! SHARE THIS INFORMATION!
We urge you to take a look at the information below and share widely to help educate all Missouri voters about the restrictions and barriers under HB 1878 now in effect. The changes include:
Non-expired government issued photo ID is REQUIRED for casting REGULAR ballot in person NOTE: Student ID’s and voter registration cards are NOT acceptable forms of ID for casting a regular ballot in person.
Voter registration restrictions including required registration with Secy of State as a Voter Registration Solicitor for those soliciting 10 or more voter registrations
Absentee voting changes including making it illegal for anyone to “solicit” an absentee ballot application
Eliminates Presidential Preference Primaries
Allows Secretary of State (SOS) to audit voter rolls and order removal of voters
Many other changes
Download the flyer with HB 1878 voting law changes here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IZxUkMvNpqb9t5Z00UGsKsdj5pPp7o7L/view
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS OCT 12!
VOTER REGISTRATION SOLICITORS FORM REQUIRED FOR THOSE HELPING TO REGISTER VOTERS
With new restrictive MO voting law HB 1878 now in effect, to help register voters you must submit the Secretary of State’s “Registration Form for Voter Registration Solicitors”.
Go to https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
Scroll to the very bottom for the form and click on the link “Registration Form for Voter Registration Solicitors”
Fill out the interactive form online and print, or download blank form and fill out
Fax completed form to 573.526.3242 or scan and email to: email@example.com
Look for a confirmation email within 24 to 48 hours or call SOS Elections and Voting Division (573) 751-2301.
CHECK OUT OUR MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT!
With so much important news each week we don’t want you to miss a thing!
Check out our MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13cokjWlCh2EkY5K6bM357rjVPizZDzxlMqjAuoBQfoI/edit?usp=sharing
IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES AND VOTER RESOURCES
Last Day to Register: OCTOBER 12, 2022
In Person Absentee Voting begins: SEPTEMBER 27, 2022
Check your voter registration here: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup
Register to vote here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
Find your local election authority here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority
League of Women Voters Kansas City/Jackson/Clay/Platte Counties
LWVKC Voter registration information here: https://www.lwvkc.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=477430&module_id=408128
Online LWV voter guide/election information here: https://www.vote411.org/
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS
TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)
TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE
NOTE: A new restrictive voter ID law HB 1878 with many other voter suppression provisions went into effect on August 28, 2022. This is a pivotal moment for our freedom to vote. Join Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC) to learn more.
Join the MOVPC meeting
MONDAY Oct 3
Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE:
MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot
and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri!
Trudy Busch Valentine for U.S. Senate
Democrats United Event in Kansas City
Nobody’s Senator But Yours Tour
SAT OCT 8
11:30am - 2pm
Pipe Fitters Local 533
8600 Hillcrest Rd
Kansas City, MO 64138
Join Trudy, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, and other elected officials and candidates at the Pipe Fitters Local 533 office in Kansas City on Saturday, October 8th at 11:30 AM!
NATIONAL HISPANIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
More information here: https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/
Ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the Kansas City area: https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/hispanic-heritage-month/ways-to-celebrate-hispanic-heritage-month-in-kansas-city-area
MORE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS here:
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
HELP ELECT DEMOCRAT TRUDY BUSCH VALENTINE TO THE U.S. SENATE!
We must ACT NOW to help elect Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine to the U.S. Senate! Her opponent AG Eric Schmitt supports the Big Lie and the extreme GOP agenda threatening our rights, personal freedoms, and our democracy! Trudy will protect our right to safe and legal abortion and making decisions about our own bodies, protect healthcare, voting rights, defend LGBTQ rights, champion individuals and families struggling with addiction, protect the environment, fight to end gun violence, strengthen the middle class, stand with seniors.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRUDY BUSCH VALENTINE (KC AREA)
KC PHONE BANK
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Every week through Wed Oct 26
6:00 - 7:30pm
3901 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64111
SIGN UP HERE: https://www.mobilize.us/trudybuschvalentine/event/507350/
Join us in phone banking for Trudy at our KC headquarters every week from Tuesday, September 27th until Wednesday, October 26th. All events begin at 6:00 PM. You can sign up for all or just specific nights that work for you.
Please bring both a laptop and a phone to the office. There is a virtual option for those experienced in phone banking and using the ActionID software. We are not able to help troubleshoot as easily when not in person.
Ask friends to join you as a volunteer for Trudy in your area:
Make a donation to help Trudy win: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/tbv_web
Visit and share Trudy’s website: https://www.trudybuschvalentine.com/
Follow Trudy’s social media
HELP ELECT DEMOCRATS TO MO LEGISLATURE TO STOP EXTREMIST GOP AGENDA
Democratic candidates for the Missouri legislature need your help NOW! We must break the GOP super-majority to stop their extremist legislation from being passed!
MEET THE MO HOUSE DEMS CANDIDATES: https://www.mohousedems.com/candidates
DONATE TO MO HOUSE DEMS: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/electionomnibus
VOLUNTEER TO HELP MO HOUSE DEMS WIN: https://secure.ngpvan.com/oZqeiPSF7kqrBstdpQLk9w2
DONATE TO MAJORITY FORWARD FOR STATE SENATE DEMS: https://majorityforwardmo.com
DONATE TO ABORTION FUNDS/PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS FIGHTING FOR ACCESS TO SAFE LEGAL ABORTION - SHARE RESOURCES! VOLUNTEER!
Planned Parenthood Great Plains - Serving more than 30,000 patients across 11 health centers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma each year https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-great-plains/get-involved/support-ppgp
Missouri Abortion Fund https://missouriabortionfund.kindful.com/?emci=ff69d8b0-a0f8-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&emdi=9abc9d26-89f9-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&ceid=7247154
Planned Parenthood https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/onlineactions/2U7UN1iNhESWUfDs4gDPNg2
Bans Off Our Bodies Campaign https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/rightfully-ours/bans-off-our-bodies
Repro Legal Helpline https://www.reprolegalhelpline.org/
National Network of Abortion Funds https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout
National Women’s Health Network https://nwhn.org/syaabortionaccess/
Plan C - An information resource for self-managed, at-home abortion with pills https://www.plancpills.org/
DONATE TO HELP UKRAINIANS IN CRISIS
WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN - Help us provide fresh meals to communities in need. Donate to WCK here: https://donate.wck.org/give/393234#!/donation/checkout
UNICEF - UNICEF is currently on the ground in Ukraine, helping children with water, health and education services. Donate here: https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/unicef-children-are-bearing-brunt-intensifying-crisis-ukraine/39481
RED CROSS - The International Committee of the Red Cross is supporting the Ukrainian Red Cross supporting food-producing initiatives, repairing infrastructure, and helping hospitals, schools, mental health facilities and community centers. Donate here: https://www.icrc.org/en/donate
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS - American-based nonprofits as well as international organizations are collecting donations for supplies such as first aid backpacks, clothes, diapers, food, cots and other necessities. Donate here: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/countries/ukraine
THANK YOU! for answering the Missouri Mondays CALL TO ACTION!
Invite your friends and neighbors to join us and sign up for Missouri Action Alliance and this Missouri Mondays email at moactionalliance.com/signup
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